Attractions of Ibaraki Prefecture and Tsukuba City

Profile of Ibaraki Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture is located in the northeast of the Kanto region. Mito, the prefectural capital city, is within a radius of 100 km of the center of Tokyo. A Tsukuba Express railway line, four express ways, including the Kita-Kanto Expressway, and land, sea, and air transportation networks, including Ibaraki Port and Ibaraki Airport, are in service in Ibaraki. Ibaraki is a prefecture that still has potential to develop more.

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Area6,096.93km2
Total population2,913,007 persons
(estimated population as of March 1, 2016)
Prefectural symbol treePlum tree
Prefectural symbol flowerRose
Prefectural symbol birdLark
Prefectural symbol fishFlounder

Profile of Tsukuba City

The shortest route to Tsukuba City takes 45 minutes by Tsukuba Express from the center of Tokyo. Tsukuba is blessed with natural beauty, including Mt. Tsuba, which appears in Manyoshu (the 8th century anthology of Japanese poetry). Tsukuba has science facilities in the center of the city, including JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center and the Tsukuba EXPO Center, where people are able to learn about the cutting-edge science technologies of Tsukuba Science City, a research and education center in Tsukuba. Tukuba is a place where the beauty of nature is harmonized with science technology.

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Area283.72km2
Total population228,246 persons
(estimated population as March 1, 2016)
Municipal symbol treeZelkova
Municipal symbol flowerCreeping saxifrage
Municipal symbol birdOwl